Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Red Palm, my second home in KL

I borrowed this picture from the Red Palm hostel website.
Sofie the manager is in blue, Siti heads the table, she is a lovely girl. Tilo the webpage man is sucking on a coke in the front.
The old grey guy is me!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Red Palm. It's a great place.

I phoned them this weekend. The hostel is not being filled. The economic downturn is hurting everyone.

Should you be in KL backpacking, or just looking for a good clean cheap place to stay I highly recommend them!

I wrote the original script for Innocence lost in the ice ream forest here. Tilo ended up helping with the graphics along with his dad Claus.

Tilo is soon to set up in Leipzig. Sophie and Siti are still there. I hope to see them soon!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial weekend in America.

Yesterday, I called a couple of very good friends in Detroit, to wish them a pleasant memorial weekend.
They were pleased to hear from me.
Herbie is a GM pensioner. He and his wife Ginny were very good to me when I was in Detroit. True friends.
Dee is a swami who taught me yoga and eastern philosophy. She is also a very good friend.
Everyone was doing OK I'm happy to say.

When I lived in Detroit, I volunteered at the Detroit Institute of Arts. If you like art, it is a lovely place.
Detroit is bankrupt, and they, the Detroit Institute of Arts, may be asked to sell their assets. The DIA and the art community in general are against this.

Sad that it has come to this. Outside the city many of the suburbs are dripping with cash.

Dee, incidentally endorsed the Children's book, Innocence lost in the ice cream forest. Very kind of her.

I am still waiting for the Motorsport project to take off. I'm not sure who to annoy next!

It will happen sooner rather than later, of that I'm sure.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

DRB Hicom Proton and Lotus whats the plan?

Plans. People love them!

What is Bernie Eccleston going to do in F1?

Joe Saward says he will open shop in Long Beach California.

DRB Hicom have been saying they are working on a business plan for Lotus and Proton.

Not being an insider, I have no idea when this plan will be revealed!

I do know that being a company that has historically been linked with government contracts, DRB Hicom probably felt they would wait and see what happened in the Malaysian elections.

They are now over.

I have a proposal. I sincerely hope they intend to include me and the proposal in their future plan!

Lets move on this sooner rather than later.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Group Lotus owners are Malaysian. The elections are are over

Now that the Malaysian General elections are over I think that the Group Lotus owners DRB Hicom can start to concentrate on business for the next few years.
Selfishly, I hope they give consideration to my proposal.
Lets see what transpires in the near future.
DRB Hicom publicly claim they want to turn around Lotus. My proposal would dovetail nicely with that.
The proposed California campus is to the best of my knowledge still available. So getting the deeds to that would be a good first step.

DRB Hicom are manufacturing partners with Honda so maybe they could even extend that partnership further with an educational agreement.
In the coming week, I'll start emailing people.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Electric vehicles

CODA Cars appear to be in Bankruptcy.

I know a couple of people who work/worked there.

I read an excellent article on a Chinese battery maker yesterday.
Well worth a read.

China is making the introduction of electric vehicles a top priority.

Albert Lam (Detroit Electric) made SKY news. Link above the picture.